Donald Trump is going to be the GOP’s presidential nominee, and many of the conservative and/or Republican figures who’d promised they would never, ever vote for Trump in the general election have already started to reconsider their definition of the word never. But not everyone is selling out! Here’s a surely-only-partial list:
Free Beacon writer Lachlan Markay burned his Republican registration.
The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein—who wrote a book called Overcoming Obamacare, for God's sake—is also giving up the ghost.
I have officially de-registered as a Republican. pic.twitter.com/DjRI21Oyvx— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) May 4, 2016
As Slate noted earlier, Red State blogger Ben Howe and former John McCain staffer Mark Salter are already declaring their grudging support for Hillary Clinton. (Former Red State honcho Erick Erickson isn’t going to support Clinton but says he’ll quit the Republican Party when/if Trump officially becomes its nominee.)
the GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it's on the level. I'm with her.— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) May 3, 2016
Meghan McCain promised to keep a list of all the conservatives who go wobbly.
I hope history remembers those who gave up their conservative principles for the cult of personality and celebrity. And those who didn't.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 3, 2016
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse made clear that his earlier announcement about never backing Trump (or Hillary Clinton) still holds.
Overwhelming majority of Americans think both the D and R frontrunners are dishonest.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) May 4, 2016
The people are right.
Fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t quite explicitly say he wouldn’t get behind Trump, but he did say Trump will lose.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 3, 2016
The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein compared Trump’s victory-speech comment about Cruz to his earlier insane endorsement of a conspiracy theory about Cruz’s father in taking the laugh-so-you-don’t-cry approach.
Trump: "Ted Cruz is one hell of a competitor" but unfortunately justice demands I arrest his father for the murder of JFK— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) May 4, 2016
Same with Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake.
Trump says Cruz has an amazing future and is one tough competitor. Too bad his father may have helped assassinate JFK. But tough competitor.— Eli Lake (@EliLake) May 4, 2016
Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard and Fox News reiterated his anti-Trump beliefs.
Former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro—who resigned when the site’s management refused to support reporter Michelle Fields in her dispute with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski—is holding the line.
We all have a line beyond which we will not go. Donald Trump is far past my line.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 3, 2016
So is former Jeb! spokesman Tim Miller.
Never ever ever Trump. Simple as that.— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 4, 2016
And even former Bush administration spokesman Ari Fleischer—one of the least principled and least honest people in the history of human civilization—has had enough.
There's a lot about Donald Trump that I don't like, but I'll vote for Trump over Hillary any day.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 4, 2016
Just kidding. Ari Fleischer would flack for Saddam Hussein’s corpse if he saw a dollar in it. But kudos to the rest of these people for having the courage of their convictions!
This post has been updated with additional information.